A Brief Lindbergh Update

One of my more popular posts of late has been The Fall and Rise of Lindbergh: A Javelina Story. In that post, I tell the story of a javelina in one of the groups that I work with in the Texas Hill Country. In brief, Lindbergh was outcast from their group and I recount the subsequent tension and reemergence of Lindbergh.

Since writing the last story, I have an update. Lindbergh, while still living on Roger’s property had been joined by two females. The new group has since moved off; one of Roger’s neighbors reported seeing the new Lindy group headed north, across the highway, and into the hills.

This is curious and one of my big questions a year ago when I started to work with Roger and the javelina group was “where do they go when they leave the group?” The group size stays between 7-13 individuals. After the most recent babies were born, the group size had gotten up to 10. Their births coincided with Lindbergh’s removal from the group. Members have left the group throughout Roger’s 4 years owning the property but we had no idea where they went when they left because no neighbors ever saw any javelinas.

Javelinas do disperse and at least this new group dispersed to the north. I doubt that I will be able to relocate the Lindy group due to the nature of property rights and fencing in the Texas Hill Country. In an interview with Roger this past week, I asked what he hoped he could do for the javelinas and what the future looks like. He said that he hopes that “the property can serve as a seed for repopulating the area with javelinas.” That seems like a real possibility.

A photo of a javelina from my April 2 fieldwork.

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